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to former congresswoman gabby giffords and leading the fight for gun control. we learned that gabby giffords will testify. i want to bring in managing editor of the grio. gabby dif fords tweeted, heading to senate for hearing on gun violence, thanks to senator leahy and chuck grassley for starting this conversation. i'm wondering if you think the voice of gabby gifford, she has an emotional story and she knows these folks. how influential can she be in this? >> she has tremendous moral authority on this issue as did the families from newtown. i think having people like her being a part of this conversation, it only adds to the pressure on republicans to give something. i think the only outcome that seems impossible is that absolutely nothing would be done. because you have a con fluance of events. you add the outrage of it happening to children, so i can't imagine that nothing would be done. >> we see wayne lapierre in that group of people. i think as i was giving this some thought this morning, because we've talked so much about why nothing changed after gabby giffords was shot. she sadly c
xpress by charles schwab. >>> right now on "andrea mitchell reports," gabby giffords returns to deliver a passionate appeal for gun laws. >> speaking is difficult, but i need to say something important. violence is a big problem. too many children are dying. too many children. we must do something. it's will be hard, but the time is now. you must act. be bold, be courageous. americans are counting on you. >> hillary clinton's exit from the world stage, but for how long? >> what do you think didn't go well, what went wrong? >> well, benghazi went wrong. >> when that phone call rings at 3:00 in the morning, who's best prepared to answer it in 2016? >> well, that is to be decided by the american people. >> but will her health be a deciding factor? >> i'm healthy enough and my stamina is great enough. i'll be fully recovered to do whatever i choose to do. >> massachusetts governor deval patrick chooses his former chief of staff to fill john kerry's seat. it's the first time two african-americans will be in the senate statement. and john kerry about to be famous on the world stage, but even in boston, so
powerful, even riveting testimony from gabby giffords and her instruction to our committee, the judiciary committee and congress itself, to be bold, to be courageous, because america is counting on you. and the call to action that came from newtown is for better enforcement of existing laws but also new laws that will enable better enforcement. we can have common ground with mr. lapierre that better enforcement of existing laws is necessary, but that leads in my view inevitably for the call for more background checks on the 40% of all firearms purchases that right now are within the exemption of the gun show loophole and private sale and background checks on ammunition purchases. background checks, for example, and other sensible measures like stronger action against trafficking and straw purchases and including a ban on assault weapons are within the common ground that i think we ought to try to establish here. >> senator, for those just joining us, we have been keeping the coverage live going this morning of what's been taking place there on the hill with you and your colleagues. for th
. the gun debate took on new emotional force with the reappearance of gabby giffords in the senate judiciary hearing. joining me now for our daily fix, chris cillizza, msnbc contributor and managing editor of washingtonpost.com and ruth marcus. well, it was so personal, so emotional, so painful. chris cillizza, could anybody do a better job than gabby giffords to bring home the powerful impact of the gun debate and, in her case, the magazines? >> you know, andrea, it was incredibly sort of personal and touching, and i think even more so for those members of congress who know that she was at a constituent service event when this happened, that it could have been any one of them, and it happened to be her. i did think it was telling senator durbin from illinois, apologize former congressman giffords had already left, but apologized to mark kelly this hearing wasn't happening two years ago in the wake of her being shot, but i do think it's a telling sign that we tend to, newtown may have changed this dynamic, but we tend to have a huge discussion about guns and gun control and the need to regul
. especially when a very well-known survivor of gun violence, gabby giffords, came forward to deliver her own remarks. and yet during the hearing, we learned of another shooting. this one in arizona. a workplace, one gunman, three shooting victims, one fatal. we begin tonight with this emotional issue. our report from nbc's kelly o'donnell on capitol hill. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the passion so deep, this hearing room was packed, included many families and survivors, victims of other shootings. and it was a group of people asking congress to do something, and that is the cause that changed the life of former congresswoman, gabby giffords, and brought her back to washington today. her gift of speech is a distant memory, said husband mark kelly. yet gabby giffords' halting words. >> too many children. >> reporter: here as a survivor of the tucson assassination attempt that left her partially blind and partially paralyzed. >> you must act. be bold, be courageous. >> reporter: giffords and kelly, both gun owners, want congress to expand background checks to gun shows and private sales t
gabby giffords, a victim of gun violence herself. she was in town to lend her voice to a hearing on capitol hill, the first since the newtown mass car. kelly o'donnell has more. >> reporter: per gift of speech is a distance memory said her husband mark kelly, yet, gabby giffords halting words. >> too many children. >> reporter: here as a survivor of the tucson assassination attempt which left her partially blind and partially paralyzed. >> you must act, be bold, be courageous. >> reporter: they are both gun owners and they want positive expand sales to make it harder for criminals and the mentally im to get weapons. >> my wife would not be sitting in this seat. she would not have been sitting here today if we had stronger background checks. >>> of all the gun related ideas on the table, democrats believe universal background checks has the best chance politically. >> stop them from the original purchase. you missed that point completely. and i think it's basic. >> senator, i think you missed -- >> reporter: the nra says adding new laws would hit ordinary citizens, not criminals.
of congresswoman gabby giffords. gabby giffords, of course, was shot in the head by a mentally ill gunman in an assassination attempt in january 2011. today in an emotionally charged and at times contentious testimony, the most moving part of the day happen right at the very beginning with a surprise addition to the witness list as gabby giffords herself made her way down the aisle into the hearing room to deliver a short statement to the senators and the assembled media and the audience. this was a surprise today. it was clear that this was not >> okay. thank you for inviting me here today. this is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for democrats and republicans. speaking is difficult, but i need to say something important. violence is a big problem. too many children are dying. too many children. we must do something. it will be hard, but the time is now. you must act. be bold, be courageous. americans are counting on you. thank you. >> "americans are counting on you." congresswoman gabby giffords speaking today before the senate judiciary committee. when g
as it tries to land. >>> showdown. congresswoman gabby giffords makes a surprise appearance to push congress on guns and violence. >> the time is now. you must act. >>> proposition. the head of the nra. so, who won the first round? >>> the $275 million man on the wroeps tonight? the guy who got all the glamour and the girls. is he about to go down? >>> and, cats going wild. what we just learned today about the secret life of fluffy. scientists track them and discover a kind of feline frankenstein. >>> good evening. we begin with that wall of wind howling across the country tonight. millions of americans bracing for the impact, everything from stalled trains and planes to tornadoes. and here is the map. an area from the florida panhandle to new york, under a severe weather warning. abc's steve osunsami is outside atlanta tonight in adairsville, georgia, where one powerful tornado has already torn through town. >> reporter: an hour north of atlanta, an amazing picture, the sky was falling. >> we've got debris flying to the left and center of this system. the sirens have been going off here. th
. congresswoman gabby giffords showed unbelievable courage on capitol hill today. now we'll see if the cowards in congress have the character to do something about guns in this country. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> too many children are dying. we must do something. >> gabby giffords makes a surprise emotional plea, and the nra responds with nonsense. >> background checks will never be universal. >> you missed that point completely. >> tonight senator sheldon whitehouse on today's dramatic day of testimony. plus, dan gross of the brady campaign on the heroes fighting for gun safety and the villains who want to keep it the way it is. >>> the republican obsession with european austerity. kneecap the nation's economy. david cay johnston on today's troubling gdp report. >>> bobby jindal breaks his own rule. >> we've got to stop being the stupid party. >> find out how the poor in his state are about to start suffering on friday. >>> and brand-new polling proves again that we're living in a center-left country. tonight i'll tell you why it's up to one person to keep it that way. good
arizona congresswoman gabby giffords was greeted warmly by the senators and their staff as she came with her astronaut husband. this is what she said. >> speaking is difficult, but i need to say something important. violence is a big problem. too many children are dying. too many children. we must do something. it will be hard, but the time is now. you must act. be bold, be courageous. americans are counting on you. >> john: the tucson shooting where gabby giffords was shot in the head did not lead to gun control hearings, the massacre shooting in connecticut did. senator grassley does not want that tragedy to risk any new gun laws. >> the deaths in new town should not be used to put forward every gun control measure that has been used for 20 years. >> john: because the last thing you want the government to do is to pass laws to keep it from happening again. instead, grassley wants to focus on mental health, mass killer video games, and decline of civility in american life in an effort to combat gun violence. that would be fine with another star witness nra president wayne lapierre.
. kelly is the husband of former congresswoman gabby giffords who survived an assassination attempt. coming up why kelly is saying this is not about the second amendment. >>> bp has been ordered to pay $4 billion in criminal fines and penalties for the 2010 gulf oil spill. a federal judge in new orleans approved the plea deal yesterday. it's the largest criminal penalty in u.s. history. the company faces billions of dollars more in civil penalties. >>> the state of california is expected to fine chevron today for the richmond refinery explosion last august. that fire sent heavy smoke in the air. making some 15,000 people sick. cal osha oversees -- show on paid $10 million so far. the company hopes to return the refinery up to speed by march. >>> time now 5:04. new this morning in less than two months from right now, toll takers on the golden gate bridge will be replaced. ktvu claudine wong is at the golden gate bridge toll plaza right now where a new automated is is being tested today. good morning, claudine. >> reporter: that is right, dave, good morning. testing is under way right
with a surprise appearance by gabby giffords, who made a plea for a nation awash in guns to do something. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tells us what happened. >> reporter: you wouldn't know it by watching the way she arrived on capitol hill today, but it was just two years ago that a bullet shattered gabby giffords' skull. >> too many children are dying. too many children. >> reporter: they were the very first words giffords has spoken before congress since she was shot. she used them to implore her former colleagues to act against gun violence. >> it will be hard, but the time is now. you must act. be bold. be courageous. americans are counting on you. >> reporter: and with that, giffords left, leaving her husband, mark kelly, to take on the national rifle association's wayne lapierre. kelly argued for better background checks for all gun sales. >> my wife would not be sitting in this seat, she would not have been sitting here today if we had stronger background checks. >> my problem with background checks is you're never going to get criminals to go through universal
want you to see. following this morning's testimony, gabby giffords and mark kelly met with president obama in the oval office. so david corn, i show you all that and i ask how can the momentum to the extent that momentum exists right now on the president and the white house side, how can it be maintained? how do you maintain that level of emotional testimony? >> well, it was quite an emotional moment watching gabby giffords get up there courageously and her husband who i've met in the past i have to say is damn impressive. he was a hero for going up in the space shuttle and now he's a hero for taking on this hard issue and doing it with such great aplomb. it's important, keep him and gabby giffords and the kids in newtown, keep them in the spotlight. let them have the platform they want. the only way anything happens on the gun violence prevention front is if the intensity level remains on the side of people looking to change the status quo. you know, you know on the side of the nra and extremists on that side, there is already the intensity. it's always been there. they care about t
, an unannounced appearance by gabby giffords who was shot in the head two years ago underscored the stakes. >> too many children are dying. too many children. we must do something. >> giffords was joined by her husband mark kelly. he explained why the couple decided to start an organization devoted to gun regulation. >> gabby is one of roughly 100,000 victims of gun violence in america each and every year. one of our messages is simple. thebred and complexity of gun violence is great, but it's not an excuse for inaction. >> president obama would later meet with giffords and kelly at the white house. but the rest of washington has not been as welcoming. nra chief wayne lapierre who's expressed some sympathy for the victims also told the senate he has no interest in collaborating even on laws that restrict the gun access of convicted criminals or the mentally unstable. lapierre resit rated that the nra still opposes basic background check rules. that puts him at odds with the constituency he claims to represent. nine in ten gun owners support background checks. >> let's be honest. background checks
. the big takeaway was not so much her but gabby giffords. her emotional testimony was so incredible, so courageous, so visceral. you know, it really hit home. she's certainly a much more compelling witness on this than either wayne lapierre or gayle trotter. >> i want to go back to the founders and fighting tyranny in this gun debate. let's take a listen. >> senator, i think without any doubt if you look at why our founding fathers put it there, they had lived under the tyranny of king george and they wanted to make sure that these free people in this new country would never be subjugated again. >> i don't want to own a gun to attack my government. that's not what i think a legitimate purpose is. >> first of all, a that's just -- >> lindsey graham who's running for re-election in south carolina. i mean, you know, the nra has become the home for people who want to protect themselves from some kind of fashs tyranny which they think is imminent. hearing senator graham make the obvious point that that's not what the constitution was written about. >> this thing about lindsey graham, if you
also hear, gabby giffords, his wife, the former congresswoman may also make a statement. what do you want to hear in there today? >> well i think we've all believed for a long time there is, there is something that can be done, particularly in the area of background checks. we want to make sure that the criminals don't have access to guns. and those who are not, in a mental state, to have guns, they shouldn't have them. there are things that we can do there to broaden background checks that currently happen. so i hope that that's where we can make some progress the. martha: you don't hear that much about the mental equation here. who is really pushing for that out there and making their their priority in this discussion? >> well, there have been talks about that. it's a difficult, difficult, nut to crack. it really is. but, i got to make some progress there. i think that is where, like i say, if you want to really impact gun violence, that's where you can make a difference. martha: all right. senator flake, thank you. you have a busy day ahead. we appreciate you being with us, sir. t
: very interesting. mark kelly and gabby giffords, his wife, they are both gun owners. kelly told me he considered joining the nra but he never got around to it. he also told me that when it comes to his testimony here, he's going to be sitting at one side of the witness table, wayne lapierre of the nra at the other. he hopes that they can have a conversation that can really start to do something. two staunch supporters of the second amendment, two very different views on guns. >> they're god-given freedoms. they belong to us. in the united states of america, as our birthright. no government gave them to us and no government can ever take them away. >> i defended the second amendment flying in combat over iraq and kuwait. you know, defending our country. gabby owns a gun, i own a gun, this really isn't only about the second amendment. >> reporter: these will be the star witnesses at congress's first hearing on guns since newtown. mark kelly, husband of former congresswoman gabby giffords who survived a gunshot through the head, six people died in the attack. the couple are gun owners th
are now hearing former congresswoman gabby giffords will be one of the witnesses at the hearing. you will remember, she survived being shot in the head during an assassination attempt at a mass shooting that killed six other people. coming up at 6:15 during the hearing this morning the national rifle association is expected to get some pretty tough questions from one senator imparticular. >>> state of california is expected to fine chevron today for that richmond refinery explosion last august. cal osha oversees workers safety. it's expected to release the results of its investigation and release fines. company hopes to return the refinery up to speed by march. >>> your time is 6:05. new this morning the toll takers on the golden gate bridge will soon be replaced and today they are testing out a new automated system. claudine wong is out there. just talked to the officials on the district on why they are changing the system and how it's going. >> reporter: the changes are coming. take a look at what is happening right now. you can see toll takers in place. you've got your typical tol
judiciary committee, former congresswoman gabby giffords who survived the tucson massacre, spoke of the need for action. >> thank you for inviting me here today. >> thank you for inviting me here today. this is an important conversation. for our children, for our communities. for democrats and republicans. speaking is difficult. but i need to say something important. violence is a big problem. too many children are dying. too many children. we must do something. it will be hard. but the time is now. you must act, be bold, be courageous, americans are counting on you. thank you. >> well, she spoke from handwritten notes which were posted on the facebook page of the gun reform group that she and her husband, former astronaut, mark kelly, founded. he also testified along with the national rifle association's wayne lapierre. commander kelly at one point answered mr. lapierre's claim that background checks don't need to be made universal. >> my wife would not be sitting in this seat, she would not have been sitting here today if we had stronger background checks. >> the nra position, though, and
. >>> powerful plea. gun violence forever altered her life. gabby giffords with her emotional speech. >>> and a boy dashes on to the court right in the middle of a college basketball game. >>> good thursday morning. i'm sunny hostin. >> and i'm rob nelson. we begin with the wicked weather that unleashed two dozen tornadoes on the south and the west. flipping cars, trucks, even a moving freight train. >> that storm is trejing up the east coast this morning. and big cities, d.c. and new york are getting drenched. abc's tahman bradley has the latest on the storm blamed, now, for at least two deaths. >> reporter: wicked weather lashed parts of the midwest and south, heavy flooding, dangerous winds and monster tornadoes. look at these images north of atlanta. >> a funnel north of the interstate. >> reporter: a tornado with winds estimated over 120 miles per hour, demolished homes, office buildings and wiped out parts of a factory. >> it picked me up and flinged me three times. trying to get that door closed. >> i had to dig my way out. >> i thought it killed my son in the bedroom in there
, gabby giffords left with the aid of her husband, who hardly sounded confident. you can they can get a bill passed? yet another sign the fate of gun control won't be settled at a hearing. >> nancy robinson is executive director. matt, let me start with you. pretty interesting about face by the nra and probably surprising a lot of people watching, but tell me why you don't think background checks, a universal background check is going to work? >> first of all, has there ever been a worse spokesman? seriously. i like the 98 version better. the idea it's a panecea, if you look at the three most recent high profile examples, the roar area shooter purchased guns legally. the only example where a background check might have changed things is in tucson, but we don't even know. it's a counterfactual if you couldn't have bought a gun legally, he would have found it some other way. >> first, even now, we've got limited checks. there's all these loopholes. department of justice says 1.9 million applications to buy guns were rejected. people were convicted of felonies, had been indicted for crim
congresswoman gabby giffords and her husband appealed to the committee. why passing any new legislation will be an uphill battle. danielle? >> good evening. opponents seemed unswayed by the emotional and dramatic words from the congresswoman today. republicans, even some democrats are hesitant on this issue. 6 senators had a fresh reminder about the consequences. a chaul honors student and performer was killed yesterday a the a park. >> a gunman came in and shot her dead, just a matter of days after her happiest day in her life. >> reporter: another soting at an office in phoenix left several wounded. gabby giffords, the former arizona congresswoman critically wounded by a gunman pleaded for action. >> be bold, be courageous, americans are counting on you. >> giffords' husband, mark kelly, argued for universal background checks to keep criminals from getting guns. >> she would not have been sitting here today if we had stronger back ground checks. >> reporter: today's hearing on how to prevent gun vileants is in response to the shooting massacre in newtown, connecticut last month. presi
powerful on the floor when gabby giffords. you said there is preparation that takes place behind the scenes. this is something you can talk to no one else can. what does it take for her to get out there? what preparation is involved? >> for example, gabby had an opportunity to give her first speech about six weeks ago now to an organization of speech pathologists and professionals. it was a five-sentence speech. she had to memorize it. she was able to deliver it. she practiced it for me when i saw her in washington. she did a fantastic job. today you can see she knew it well enough to recite it and was also reading it for guidance. for her to get to that moment it takes a tremendous amount of rehearsal and practice. gabby has the courage. you can clearly see the resolve. i think it's really important to note. she's not just reading that statement in a rote way. you could hear the emotion and the power behind the statement she was making because she feels strongly about this. we have to make sure we deal with reducing gun violence in a responsible way. >> one thing dana mentioned was after t
fuego fernando pizarro nos tiene los detalles... la ex congresista de arizona gabby giffords urgio al congreso a actuar para terminar con la violencia con armas de fuego. reconociendo que hablar le era dificil,di le pidio al congreso ser valiente. "muchos ninos estan muriendo. demasiados ninos. debemos hacer algo. y el momento es ahora. mientras ella y su marido, el astronauta mark kelly, se consolidan como los nuevos simbolos de la lucha por el control de armas, otro incidente con armas de fuego sacudia a phoenix, arizona. la audiencia la presenciaron activistas que exigen que el congreso haga algo. es muy emocional, porque son nuestros hijos, los hijos de las madres de connecticut, somos como yo, madres, simplemente madres. el senador republicano de arizona jeff flake, amigo de la ex congresista giffords, estuvo en la audiencia, y quiere que existan mas chequeos de historial criminal, pero cree que sera dificil aprobar medidas mas amplias.creo que si tratan de empaquetar todo en 1 gran proyeto, probablemente no, pero si alguien se enfoca en algo especifico para alejar las armas de l
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